The Heal Charlottesville Fund was founded in response to the white supremacist attacks in Charlottesville in August of 2017. Throughout the summer, Charlottesville was terrorized by white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan members, culminating in two days of violent clashes and a car attack. Our community was deeply saddened by the loss of Heather Heyer, Lt. H. Jay Cullen, and Trooper Berke Bates.
A generous outpouring of support resulted in the creation of three funds: Heal Charlottesville, Concert for Charlottesville, and Unity Cville. These Funds are housed at the Community Foundation and are coordinating their work to help injured individuals, ensure trauma counseling services for the community, and address the impacts of structural racism.
Donations to the Concert for Charlottesville Fund resulted in $1.4 million from a combination of merchandise sales, fan donations from around the world, and individual and corporate contributions. The Concert funds have been the primary source of all of the donations from Heal Charlottesville.
Funds from the Foundation have been distributed to individuals who were injured by or witnessed the car attack. $300,000 has been distributed to date to help individuals fill gaps where they have expenses due to injury and loss of income.
Our community was hurting after the traumatic summer of 2017. Various populations were specifically targeted by the violence, racist and Anti-Semitic chants, and intimidation tactics of the white supremacists.
Members of the Jewish community members were traumatized after last August. We worked with Jewish leaders to identify investments that would be meaningful and ensure their community felt safe and valued.
An important part of healing is providing opportunities to take action. Grants have been made to advance work that addresses the deeper, structural causes of exclusion and marginalization.
Healing Our Charlottesville
Michigan Chronicle, August 8, 2018
Counter Protesters Are Still Healing, Still Fighting
The Daily Progress, August 6, 2018
CACF to Award $1 Million in Grants in Response to Aug. 12 Rally
NBC 29 News, June 27, 2018
$1M in Heal Charlottesville Grants Awarded
The Daily Progress, June 28, 2018
CACF Announces Grant Recipients
CBS 19 News, June 28, 2018
We are extremely grateful to all who responded to the events of last summer by making a generous financial gift. Please find the complete list of contributors here. More than 3,000 people have contributed to the Heal Charlottesville or Concert for Charlottesville Funds. We received gifts from across the country, from individuals and businesses alike, and at all levels of giving. The Charlottesville community is deeply grateful for your overwhelming show of support.
If you would like to make a contribution to the Heal Charlottesville Fund, you can do so here.